Escalator Live Literature 2008: Winners
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“For young writers, trying to get started can sometimes
feel like trying to run the wrong way up an escalator, so it’s
great that we’re being given a lift!” Helen Mort,
Escalator 2008 winner
++Escalator Showcase May 08th @ Norwich Arts Centre. Find
Each year writers in need of support at critical stages in their
careers benefit from the Escalator Literature scheme which
develops new talent in the Eastern region. This year Escalator
focused on Live Literature for the first time and in September five
writers/performers were selected as winners.
Each winner will be guided through an Arts Council England
Grants For The Arts bid to support their work and be offered places
on professional development workshops with stars of the live
literature scene. They will then spend three days
working with West End theatre director James Grieve to hone a 20
minute extract from their show to be performed at a showcase in May
The 2008 winners are:
Tim Clare: Norwich, Norfolk
Helen Mort: Cambridge
Molly Naylor: Norwich, Norfolk
Dean Parkin: Beccles, Suffolk
Hannah Walker: Norwich, Norfolk
Commended writers are: Justin Coe, John Osborne and Jude
Find out more about all the winners and commended writers by
following the above link.
Chris Gribble, Chief Executive of New Writing Partnership says
"The five winners of places on the Escalator Live Literature scheme
this year offer exciting, innovative and challenging visions of the
word can be brought to the stage and we’re very excited about
working with them over the coming year. Watch out for premiers of
their work at the Norfolk and Norwich Festival 2009!"
The Escalator Literature 2008 mentors are:
Courttia Newland, and
Russell Thompson (creator of Rachel Pantechnicon).Escalator Literature is managed by The New Writing Partnership
on behalf of Arts Council England, East.To find previous years' winners of Escalator Literature, click
the links to the left.